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Friday, September 16, 2011

Albino seal pup shunned by his colony – saved by photographer

Sitting all alone on a beach, this little seal is an outcast from the colony.

Its crime? Having reddish-brown fur and the palest of blue eyes. The rest of its sleek black family took an instant dislike to the ginger pup, leaving it to fend for itself.

The loneliest seal in the world: This rare brown furred pup was spotted on the beach at Tyuleniy Island, Russia

The pictures were taken by Anatoly Strakhov, who spotted the seal on Tyuleniy Island, Russia.

The loneliest seal in the world: This rare brown furred pup was spotted on the beach.
Hiding hole: The seal, which is almost blind, had been hiding under a pile of logs when he was first spotted

Hiding hole: The seal, which is almost blind, had been hiding under a pile of logs when he was first spotted.

The photographer, 61, said: ‘He was hiding and waiting for his mother to come and feed him. ‘He had a very strange color fur and looked different from his two black brothers. I was pleased to be able to capture such an unusual animal, but the poor seal is almost blind and so was unlikely to survive in the wild.’

 Shunned: The pup sits on is own up the beach while other seals group by the water's edge

Shunned: The pup sits on is own up the beach while other seals group by the water's edge

Luckily, Mr Strakhov was with staff from a dolphinarium who took it into their care.The pup – whose color is the result of an accumulation of iron in its fur – might have had more luck in the U.S. One of the biggest concentrations of red-haired seals is in San Francisco.   source

2 comments:

Veronica said...

Can we please have an update on this little guy. If they can't take care of him I live two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Nags Head, NC I will gladly take him.

Dave Stancliff said...

Veronica,
From all the accounts I've managed to find it appears the seal pup was taken to a Russian dolphinarium to be cared for.
I could not find out exactly which one however.